Where are they now? Associate Professor James Smith

Associate Professor James Smith is a 2017 Equity Fellow with the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education hosted by the Office of Pro Vice Chancellor – Indigenous Leadership (OPVC-IL) at Charles Darwin University (CDU). He is also the Co-Lead of the Indigenous Leadership Research and Evaluation Network at CDU.  James completed his PhD in Public Health and Medicine at the University of Adelaide at the time the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health was being established (James- left of photo below).


James was an Affiliate Member with FFCMH when working with SA Health at the time. The Freemasons Foundation funded his men’s health policy study tour of the UK and Ireland through the Trevor Prescott Memorial Scholarship.  James went on to complete some seminal work in men’s help seeking and health service engagement practice.  His work formed the basis of Andrology Australia guidelines for GPs on communicating with men in primary care. He has and continues to play an important role in the development and updates to Australia’s National Male Health Policy.

In his current role at CDU he is examining ways to strengthen evaluation in Indigenous higher education contexts in Australia. Prior to this role he was the Program Manager for the Whole of Community Engagement initiative at CDU, which involved building the aspirations of remote Indigenous communities to pursue higher education. He has also held other senior management and executive roles in both government and non-government contexts, in urban and remote settings across the NT. This has included roles in health planning, alcohol and other drugs, health promotion, integrated service delivery and change management.

James has won a range of accolades for his work in Indigenous education, research, health promotion, health policy, community engagement and men’s health. This includes the 2016 CDU Vice Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional Performance in Research (Emerging Researcher); 2016 Australian Rural Education Award from the Society of the Provision of Rural Education; 2012 Aileen Plant Medal awarded by four peak professional national population health bodies; and 2011 NT Young Manager of the Year by the Australian Institute of Management.

James volunteers on the Board of Melaleuca Refugee Centre and the Heart Foundation (NT Division). He is the Chair of the Community Advisory Committee for the NHMRC funded NT Data-Linkage project; and Deputy Chair of the Community Advisory Council of the NT Primary Health Network. He is a Fellow and former Board Director of the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) Ltd. James is also an Associate Editor of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia and the International Journal of Men’s Health; and Consulting Editor for the Australian and International Journal of Rural Education.

He is married to Brooke, and has four children, Cameron, April, Dominic and Pippa.


  • Applying a genders lens to public health discourses on men’s health. Smith J, Richardson N, Robertson S. In J. Gideon (Ed), Handbook on Gender and Health. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar Publishers, 2016.
  • National men’s health policies in Ireland and Australia: what are the challenges associated with transitioning from development to implementation? Richardson N, Smith JA. Public Health. 2011 Jul;125(7):424-32.
  • Understanding gender equity in the context of men’s health policy development. Smith JA, Robertson S, Richardson N. Health Promot J Austr. 2010;21:76-7.
  • A focus on health promotion and prevention through the development of the national men’s health policy. Smith JA, Bollen C. Health Promot J Austr. 2009;20:98-101.
  • Men interviewing men: The benefits and challenges of using constructed mateship as a tool to build rapport when interviewing Anglo-Australian men about their health. Smith J, White A, Richardson N, Robertson S, Ward M. International Journal of Men’s Health. 2009;13:143-155.
  • The men’s health policy contexts in Australia, the UK & Ireland: Advancement or abandonment? Smith J, White A, Richardson N, Robertson S, Ward M. Critical Public Health. 2009;19:427-440.
  • Men’s health promotion: a new frontier in Australia and the UK? Smith JA, Robertson S. Health Promot Int. 2008 Sep;23:283-9.
  • Research, practice and theory. Crawshaw P, Smith J.  Men’s health: Critical Public Health. 2009;19:261-267. (invited editorial for a special edition on men’s health).
  • Qualities men value when communicating with general practitioners: implications for primary care settings. Smith JA, Braunack-Mayer AJ, Wittert GA, Warin MJ. Med J Aust. 2008 Dec 1-15;189(11-12):618-21.
  • “It’s sort of like being a detective”: understanding how Australian men self-monitor their health prior to seeking help. Smith JA, Braunack-Mayer A, Wittert G, Warin M. BMC Health Serv Res. 2008 Mar 14;8:56. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-8-56.
  • “I’ve been independent for too damn long!”: Independence, masculinity and aging in a help seeking context. Smith J, Braunack-Mayer A, Warin M, Wittert G. Journal of Aging Studies. 2007;21 (4), 325-335.
  •  Addressing men’s health policy concerns in Australia: What can we do? Smith J. Australia & New Zealand Health Policy. 2007;4: doi: 10.1186/1743-8462-4-20.
  • Beyond masculine stereotypes: Moving men’s health promotion forward in Australia. Smith J. Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 2007;18 (1), 20-25
  • What do we know about men’s help-seeking and health service use? Smith JA, Braunack-Mayer A, Wittert G. Med J Aust. 2006 Jan 16;184(2):81-3.


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